Crime & Courts

SLED investigating Colleton County officer-involved shooting

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division officials are investigating the 16th officer-involved shooting so far this year after a Colleton County sheriff’s deputy shot a bank robbery suspect in the hand as she attempted to flee a traffic stop.

According to a statement released by SLED officials, the incident occurred Wednesday after the female suspect robbed a Walterboro bank. There was no further information released regarding what led up to the shooting and there are no dash-cam or body-cam videos available.

SLED officials are conducting an independent investigation into the shooting and the circumstances which surround the incident. Officials are collecting evidence and conducting interviews which will be summarized in a case file report that will be provided to the solicitor’s office to determine of what, if any, criminal charges may be filed. The Walterboro Department of Public Safety will be conducting an investigation into the robbery.

Wednesday’s incident was the first officer-involved shooting for the Colleton County Sheriff’s Department. In 2014, there were 42 officer-involved shootings in the state, none of which involved a Colleton County sheriff’s deputy.

Reach Cahill at (803) 771-8305.